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Properties of Solids with STEM Tower Building Challenge

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1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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This properties of solids challenge should be done after students have an understanding of properties of matter. Included in this product are a set of instructions for the challenge, two different planning sheets, a recording sheet for recording the properties of the objects used in the challenge, as well as a tips and suggestions sheet based on my experience.

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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object. Examples of pieces could include blocks, building bricks, or other assorted small objects.
Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. Examples of properties could include, strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency. Assessment of quantitative measurements is limited to length.
Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. Observations could include color, texture, hardness, and flexibility. Patterns could include the similar properties that different materials share.
Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot. Examples of reversible changes could include materials such as water and butter at different temperatures. Examples of irreversible changes could include cooking an egg, freezing a plant leaf, and heating paper.
Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.


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